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Computerworld.NZ: Linux Getting More 'Commercial': Housing NZ

Apr 02, 2003, 04:00 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Rob Herries, IT manager at Housing New Zealand, sees a downside to the growing popularity of Linux among users and major applications vendors.

"Red Hat, whose Linux distribution Housing uses, is becoming 'a serious commercial organisation' and has issued its Advanced Server with an annual support charge. Some software vendors, notably Oracle with the latest version of the 9i database, will only certify their application against the 'commercial' version of the operating system. This is a sign that Linux, having met success, is moving towards a model more akin to that of Microsoft.

"'We will lose something,' Herries says, but the open source orientation remains. 'At least we've broken the proprietary hardware and operating system model...'"

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